Ted Galatis, 52, a city commissioner in Wilton Manors, Florida, has apologized for using the n-word in a confrontation with a woman in a Publix parking lot on June 1, but residents are still calling for his resignation, reports the Sun-Sentinel.
According to a police report released on June 5, Galatis and his wife were leaving a local Publix when a car behind them began honking the horn. Galatis allegedly got out of his car to confront the occupants of the vehicle, who were all Black.
That’s when Galatis began hurling the “n-word” at them in a fit of rage.
“[Driver] stated that T Galatis began calling her and her passengers ‘N_____’ and at that point she requested for police to respond,” the police report reads. “[Driver] stated that she was upset that T Galatis called her and the passengers of her vehicle ‘N____’ and did not want him to get away with it.”
Galatis apologized for using the racial slur but said that he only did it because he felt “threatened.”
“I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say,” Galatis said in statement. “I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”
Galatis also apologized during a commission meeting, stating: “The last thing I wanted to do was bring embarrassment upon the city, my wife and my family. I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the use of that word. That is not me.”
Galatis also claims that he didn’t use the n-word until a Black man got out of the car and said, “What’s your problem White boy?”
Galatis’ wife, Donna, claims that one occupant threatened her by saying, “White bi*ch, I’ll slice you up.”